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Unit Overview


This unit provides Indigenous students with the opportunity to consolidate and apply the teaching and learning covered through the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies or related undergraduate study. It enables the student to link theory to practice through research and case study analysis. The case studies focus on particular applied themes of practice or law reform such as issues affecting Indigenous people. Topics include analysing and recommending proposals for constitutional recognition, and evaluating methods of alternative dispute resolution or customary law recognition in a particular setting. It requires students to apply skills such as interpreting legislation, case analysis or the theory of 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' in seminars and to research the issue in depth and write up a report. Students are required to discuss issues, prepare oral presentations in a seminar format and write a report or essay.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate their ability to research and communicate their own ideas and arguments through case studies and practical exercises; (2) participate effectively in practical exercises in seminars; (3) present a substantial argument analysing a case study or proposal; (4) effectively research and come up with their own recommendations in a major research project; (5) engage constructively in a seminar context; (6) write up their arguments of their case study analysis; and (7) write a research essay that draws on or integrates their knowledge and skills learned in the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a seminar presentation and contribution; (2) a report on seminar case studies; and (3) an essay based on research on applied theory to practice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mel Thomas
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (DA002) and (LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or LAWS1104 Introduction to Law)
Contact hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.